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Clark Public Utilities’ Jan. 28 Race for Warmth collected over $70,000

Annual walk and run funds Operation Warm Heart program that aids low-income residents

By Shari Phiel, Columbian staff writer
Published: February 8, 2024, 6:51pm
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Nearly 1,500 runners, walkers and bicyclists signed up for Clark Public Utilities&rsquo; annual Race for Warmth fundraiser on Jan. 28. The event raised more than $70,000, a record for the 5K and 10K walk and run. That money will go to a program that helps low-income residents.
Nearly 1,500 runners, walkers and bicyclists signed up for Clark Public Utilities’ annual Race for Warmth fundraiser on Jan. 28. The event raised more than $70,000, a record for the 5K and 10K walk and run. That money will go to a program that helps low-income residents. (Randy Kepple/Clark Public Utilities) Photo Gallery

Clark Public Utilities’ annual Race for Warmth, a 5K and 10K walk and run, raised more than $70,000 to go to the utility’s Operation Warm Heart fund, a donor-funded program that provides aid to low-income customers.

More than 1,475 runners, walkers and bicyclists registered for the record-setting Jan. 28 race.

According to a Clark Public Utilities news release, $63,460 was raised through registration fees and donations. Another $7,500 came from donations made at Burgerville.

“Setting a new donation record was the perfect way to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Race for Warmth, and it couldn’t have been done without the support and generosity from our community, our business partners and the more than 100 utility employee volunteers who helped put the event together,” Maxie Mayer, the agency’s marketing and events specialist, said in the Thursday news release. “Thank you to everyone who pitched in to help us assist families in need.”

Participation in the Race for Warmth has tripled since the first event. Since its inception, the race has raised more than $485,000, the news release said.

Operation Warm Heart helps community members who may not qualify for other payment assistance. All funds raised through registration fees and donations will be used to cover heating expenses for people facing financial difficulties, the news release states.

The average grant through the fund is $290, which means proceeds from this year’s fundraiser will directly benefit more than 240 households in the community.

Since 1985, the program has given nearly 17,000 customers just under $4.4 million in grants. Donations can be made year-round. For more information, go to https://myaccount.clarkpublicutilities.com/owh or call 360-992-3000.

Partners of the event included Area Heating & Cooling, Columbia Credit Union, Burgerville, New Tradition Homes, Relevant Coffee, NW Natural, Royal Restrooms WA, Why Racing Events, Ridgefield Raptors Baseball, NWPersonal Training and celsiusofficial.

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